RIVER GARDEN ACCESS
Almost all of the garden is now open to public access and although some improvement work will be undertaken from time to time, the council will make every effort to ensure that this is done as unobtrusively as possible. Nevertheless, we apologise in advance for any inconvenience that may be experienced.
With heavy usage throughout the summer, the grass around the landing stage has been badly eroded and the area can quickly become very slippery in wet weather. Particular care is recommended when walking close to the river or accessing the stage.
Please also see the conditions of use for the garden, below.
The Parish Council took on responsibility for the management and maintenance of this small area on the bank of the beautiful River Stour, so as to ensure its continued availability as a community amenity. The location provides opportunity to see close up the, usually, gently flowing river that is otherwise hidden for much of its journey through our village and many residents value the facility it offers to launch boats and canoes so close to home. In this latter connection, the Parish Council gratefully acknowledges the support of the River Stour Trust, whose willingness to take on responsibility for the landing stage has greatly assisted this project to fruition.
Residents and visitors alike are welcome to avail themselves of this amenity, but attention is drawn to the behaviours and actions set out below, that the Council believes to be necessary for the safe, socially acceptable use of the Stratford St Mary River Garden.
Please observe them at all times and help to ensure continued access.
Stratford St Mary River Garden
Conditions of Use
This area of river bank has been acquired under licence from Northumbrian Water Limited and is maintained as a local amenity by
the Stratford St Mary Parish Council.
Continued provision of this amenity is dependent upon users behaving in accordance with the following conditions of use and access to any part of the garden is contingent upon their acceptance.
Access to the River
The launching of rowing boats, canoes, paddle boards or similar craft is open only to correctly licensed or otherwise authorised, craft and is only permitted from the landing stage, which is owned and maintained by the River Stour Trust.
Such launching is entirely at the launcher’s own risk and the Stratford St Mary Parish Council do not accept responsibility for accidents or injuries sustained in doing so.
No craft shall be launched or landed directly from or onto, the river bank.
USE OF THE RIVER GARDEN & LANDING STAGE BY GROUPS
The following actions are prohibited anywhere within the Stratford St Mary River Garden:
Lighting or using, fires or barbecues;
Discarding waste food or litter;
(any unconsumed foodstuff or drinks and their containers or wrappings shall be removed on leaving the garden);
Playing live or prerecorded music and the use of sound amplification equipment of any type;
Erecting tents, gazebos and camping of any nature involving an overnight stay, other than where prior arrangement has been made in connection with a pre-registered activity;
Parking or storing of trailers for any longer than it takes to unload them;
Keeping or storing equipment or materials for extended periods;
Playing games involving the throwing or passing of balls or other objects;
Engaging in any activities undertaken for commercial purposes or financial gain, without prior agreement of the Parish Council.
Children under 16 are to be accompanied by an adult at all times while in the River Garden.
Although usually appearing benign, the River Stour can be fast flowing and unpredictable in bad weather with the added risk of a weir and sluice a few hundred metres downriver from the River Garden. Care should always be taken when moving around the garden, particularly near to the river bank and especially in wet conditions.
The road that runs alongside the River Garden is much used and at this point bends to an extent that makes it difficult to see approaching vehicles when emerging from the garden onto the road. Please be especially observant when leaving the garden.
Parking vehicles alongside the Gardens is prohibited. It greatly reduces visibility and can exacerbate an already risky situation.
Please do not ignore the double yellow lines installed alongside the River Garden.
Finally, an Exhortation
Please ensure that when parked in the vicinity of the River Garden, and particularly when loading/ unloading or preparing craft and equipment on the footpath, you do so with care and consideration for those who live here and provide this amenity for your enjoyment.